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Weekend Roundup

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Happy Friday indeed! This week has been a mix of high and low. On one hand, Lawson and Sybil have been pretty great. On the other, I have a cold. Jim’s been in LA for school orientation so I had three days of single parenting. He comes home this morning and we are all so excited to see him!


Tomorrow I’m doing a little tour of Phoenix with my girlfriend. I’m excited to visit some of my favorite places. There’s a chance I cry before the day is done. It still seems surreal that we move in 11 days.


My brother and his friend are in the running to be on a billboard in Minneapolis! To help them win, go to this Facebook page, select the first photo of two nerds in bright yellow gear and then “like” the photo. I always knew my brother was destined for great things!



One morning I told Lawson that I wasn’t feeling well and my throat hurt. That night as we were saying goodnight he leaned in to give me a hug and then kissed my throat. It’s moments like those that make me believe I’m doing something right to raise a kind and sensitive son.



My low point was really easy to pick…definitely getting sick. Who gets a cold in the summer anyway?? It seems every 12 hours I feel like I’m getting better only to feel worse 12 hours later. Maybe I can finally kick it this weekend.



It probably comes as no surprise that my finds of the week all come from the Nordstrom anniversary sale. All the stuff I ordered last week came yesterday. I’ve tried on everything I got and settled on my top 5 items. I should get extra points since there’s something for Jim and Lawson too. :)

7 for all Mankind Grey Ankle Skinny Jeans

Leopard Slide Loafer (order 1/2 size up)

Long Ribbed Cardigan

Nike Running Shoe

Cole Haan Tennis Sneaker


My full anniversary sale picks for women and men/kids.







Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Men & Kids

As promised, here are my favorites from the Nordstrom anniversary sale for men and kids! I had my brother in mind when picking through the men’s stuff. He requested short sleeve shirts so there’s a bunch of those. :) Similar to the women’s sale, it’s a great time to buy a new pair of jeans and invest in a pair of shoes. They usually include a few from Cole Haan and this year was no exception (I ordered these for Jim).





I think the baby gear is the best part of the kids sale. We have the jogging stroller and LOVE it. If only it were on sale in a double! Lawson uses these sippy cups all the time. I really want to get the pink and grey for Sybil. I picked up these Nike sneakers for Lawson yesterday. They are so stinking cute on him! He didn’t want to take them off.






If you’re reading this on email, you’ll have to click through to the blog to view my picks. Then scroll through to see my favorites!

Weekend Roundup

Weekend Roundup


Hello, hello! Since I posted yesterday about the anniversary sale, I wanted to catch up with my normal weekend roundup today. This week has been busy packing and listing stuff for sale. Packing has been all-consuming. Any free moment without the kids is dedicated to packing up our stuff. I finally feel like we’re making good progress. The big spaces we haven’t really started are the nursery and garage. I hope we can tackle both of them this weekend, as well as packing up some of our art/decor.


We started off the weekend with a fun Friday. Lawson was an angel today. Sybil has a cold and he was so loving to her all day. Giving her kisses and rubbing her back. It was seriously the cutest. Today we’re spending a few hours with Jim’s family and tomorrow we’ll resume packing.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



My high point has to be that both Lawson and Sybil slept until 7am or after consistently the entire week!



I wrote about it in my Instagram post, but Thursday I wasn’t the mother I want to be. Jim left this week for LA. Single parenting is tough. I truly don’t know how people do it full time and maintain their sanity.



Other than the Nordstrom anniversary sale (you can find all my favorites here), I’ve been rotating between two little teether necklaces (one shown in the photo above). I never wore a teething necklace with Lawson. After Sybil kept pulling on and putting my other necklaces in her mouth, I thought maybe it was time to try one. Turns out I love wearing them as much as she loves chewing on them! They are made of silicone and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. How awesome is that?! I can’t stop raving about them.



A New Adventure

Moving to Los Angeles


We’re moving to Los Angeles! Jim was accepted into an MBA program at the University of Southern California. It’s a one year program and starts next month. It all came together pretty quickly at the beginning of our road trip in mid-May. We tried to focus on the trip and not to think about it too much until we got home. Since then we’ve been purging and packing in anticipation of downsizing our living space.


We’ll be in Arizona until the end of July. Then Lawson, Sybil and I are going to stay with my parents in Minnesota for a few weeks before joining Jim in LA in time for Sybil’s first birthday (eek, my baby is almost 1!). We’re not exactly sure where we’re going to live or if I’m going to go back to work. It’s probably the least planned my life has ever been. It’s kind of fun, but it’s also been hard for me at times. I’m a planner and a worrier by nature.


We knew this year would bring different opportunities. Even though I’m excited for a new adventure, I’m surprised how sad I am to leave Phoenix. I’ve lived here for almost 15 years. I’ve gone through most of my biggest moments in Phoenix. Marriage, divorce, meeting Jim, the births of my babies, promotions, starting this blog.


I have a great group of friends in Phoenix with some of the best girlfriends you could ever ask to have in your life. They’ve supported me through all my ups and downs. I will miss them like crazy.


I’m sad to leave Phoenix, but I am excited for the adventure ahead. A new place to explore with Jim, Lawson and Sybil. Cooler weather. The beaches. New restaurants. I’d go anywhere as long as I have those three by my side.


Meanwhile, the next 3 weeks will be busy packing. It’s our first time moving with kids, which is much more challenging. Not only do we have more stuff, trying to pack when they’re awake means at least half gets unpacked before we can tape up the box!


If you have any tips for moving with two kids, please send them my way.